It’s a dangerous business, walking out one’s front door.
~ Gandalf, The Hobbit
We’re back from our adventuring on the Tallahassee frontier. We carried our lists, sat around the campfire, and made some team plans while we were there. Some plans are big; some others are small. Of course, many of these plans have you and your students in mind. Some blueprints are still being drafted, and others are on the assembly line.
We’d been reviewing some previous enhancements when we thought we could go one better here. Could we improve upon the link to a student’s grade report while viewing an email? Then recently this comment was sent our way via email …
I love the ability to click to see a student’s gradebook when I receive an email. Can it stay there even after I hit reply? Sometimes, I have to reference the gradebook again after I hit reply.
This played right into our thinking. What could we do? Could we go for the gusto and work some magic across course shells and email as well?
When you view a student email, you have had this icon to open the student grade report.
When you clicked REPLY, the icon link to the student grade report disappeared.
Things have now changed to address the above suggestion. First of all, there is a new UNIVERSAL icon for the Student Grade Report. Whenever you see this checkmark icon (below), it will be a link to that particular student’s Grade Report.
Going another step on the road to efficiency, the developers have added that icon to your email reply area in order to provide access to that same report. Obviously, you can only be replying to a single student via email in order to view the grade report. This link will only appear on replies.
This will work for teachers as well as TA’s. Using the embedded email metadata within Educator, the grade report relevant to you in your current role will be the one displayed.
NOTE: This will be the grade report for the class FROM WHICH THE STUDENT WROTE THE EMAIL.
On another note …
We have some help for the Help Desk or anyone wanting to help. There have been some recent tickets from parents who were concerned that Johnny’s work was “disappearing” from everywhere. Have you ever heard this one before? What happens to all that disappearing work? Detective Educator is on the way!
Whenever a student deletes a file, that will be noted in the Usage Log. This might save some time at the Help Desk or when engaged in conversations about apparent magic acts.
It’s time now for us to get back to work. Keep talking. Thanks for joining us.
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